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May 30 2007   3:43PM GMT

A very sophisticated CAVEman

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Scientists at the University of Calgary have created what they’re calling a 4-D human atlas, dubbed CAVEman for the virtual reality room he resides in, AKA the “research holodeck.”

CAVEman is an model of a human body consisting of over 3,000 anatomically correct, catalogued body parts. The interactive, object-oriented model is projected from three sides and the floor of the CAVE, in which it appears to float.

The user can rotate the figure in all directions and magnify or zoom in or out on any area. Created at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, CAVEman will be used to study surgical techniques, human development, disease and treatment.

4-D includes the three spatial dimensions plus time which allows researchers to observe the progression of a disease or the effects of a treatment over a period of time.

The University of Calgary’s CAVE pages provide more information and interactive demos.

Here’s a collection of images of CAVEman.

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